Final score

4 October 2012 18:00

8' (2nd half) Canales
1 - 3
42' Livaja
30' Obi
10' Coutinho
referee Bernie Raymond Blom / linesmen N. Simons, D. D. Goossens / 4th man B.J.A.C van Dongen / assistants D. Makkelie, T. van Sichem
Minutes Text commentary
46' Inter have Neftchi on the back foot in Baku and take a 3-0 lead into the dressing rooms at half time: Coutinho, Obi and Livaja on target
45' Blom awards a minute of added time
42' INTER SCORE A THIRD! Mix-up in the Neftchi defence as Guarin's pass is deflected goalwards by Bertucci. Livaja nods in from close range
41' Flavinho is clean through on goal but Handanovic rushes out to clear with his feet
40' Guarin works the ball to Jonathan and the Brazilian's shot-cross is deflected behind for a corner by Bertucci
35' Jonathan stays on the ground briefly after clashing with an opponent but is then ok to carry on
34' Shukurov takes a free kick, Flavinho lets it run to Sadygov - he shoots wide
30' Obi's strike is the Nerazzurri's 500th goal in European competition
30' 2-0 TO INTER! Joel Obi marks his return to the team with goal, sidefooting home following more good work on the right from Guarin
30' Juan Jesus wins the ball off Canales in the area
29' Coutinho races onto a long ball played over the top from midfield and chests down well, only to be denied by Stamenkovic coming off his line
28' Coutinho hits a shot with a wicked curl on it, but not quite enough to bend it in at the far post
24' Obi is booked for a high challenge on Shukurov
23' Shukurov latches onto a ball deep inside the Nerazzurri box and sends it wide. A half-roar goes up from the home crowd, a sigh of relief from the Inter fans
19' Coutinho weaves his way into the box and draws a heavy challenge from Yunuszade: the referee deems nothing wrong
18' Wobay opts to shoot from range... into the stands
15' First shot on target for Neftchi: Sadygov has a go from outside the area but it's no problem for Handanovic
12' Inter on the attack again: Pereira's low ball runs to Guarin, the Colombian takes a punt at goal but finds a Neftchi defender in his way
10' That's Coutinho's second goal in the Europa League this term
10' GOOOOAL for Inter! Perfect start for the Nerazzurri: Guarin cuts in from the wing and crosses for Coutinho to finish with a cool backheel
5' Inter are bossing possession in these early stages of the game. No real threat yet though
2' Juan Jesus clears the lines for Inter as Neftchi apply some early pressure
1' Welcome to the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku, where Neftchi are hosting Inter in Matchday 2 of the UEFA Europa League
1' Neftchi v Inter gets underway with the Nerazzurri taking the kick-off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Meanwhile Neftchi are testing their might against an Italian outfit in a competitive match for the first time in their history
1' The Nerazzurri have never played in official competitions in Azerbaijan before, nor have they ever faced an Azerbaijani team
1' This is the first time Neftchi and Inter have met in a competitive fixture
1' Jonathan and Pereira start in the wide berths with five across the midfield. Mudingayi and Guarin will look to provide the muscle in the centre, while Obi makes his first appearance of the season after his injury layoff
1' Stramaccioni has decided to stick with a three-man back line but freshens it up by bringing Silvestre in for Ranocchia; Cambiasso drops back into defence between his fellow countryman and Juan Jesus
Minutes Text commentary
49' Three goals tonight sees the Nerazzurri pass the 500-goal barrier in European competitions as they notch up numbers 499, 500 and 501
49' Inter's win marks the end of Neftchi's unbeaten run at home in Europe, which stretched back 14 games
49' Neftchi v Inter finishes 1-3 to the Nerazzurri, who move up to 4 points in Group H level with Rubin Kazan
45' Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled
44' Handanovic shows safe hands from another free kick, this time from Shukurov
43' Jonathan is shown a yellow for fouling Bertucci
40' Bertucci's free kick is punched clear by Handanovic
39' Pereira goes into the ref's book for timewasting
37' Final change for Inter: Gargano takes over from Guarin
32' Inter close to making it 4-1: Garritano's smart ball frees Guarin on the right, he crosses to the far past but no one's on the end of it
30' Coutinho is looking tired now and Stramaccioni replaces him with Primavera youngster Garritano
29' Coutinho goes on a solo run from the halfway line and bursts straight through the middle; he reaches the box but, off balance and under pressure, he can't keep his shot down
19' Coutinho dribbles past Yunuszade but the full-back manages to recover and concedes a corner
19' Stramaccioni's first substitution: after completing a good hour on his return to the side, Obi makes way for Ranocchia
17' Cambiasso denies Canales
15' Guarin again finds space on the right flank and this time picks out Livaja on the edge of the box: the youngster's shot is turned behind
11' Canales gets on the end of a corner and heads at goal. Handanovic saves
10' Pereira looks to restore Inter's three-goal cushion as he skips away down the left before twice calling the keeper into action
8' GOAL FOR NEFTCHI. Wobay tricks Silvestre into conceding a yard of space and crosses low for Canales to sweep home at the far post
6' Shukurov displays a flash of skill on the right to burst past Juan Jesus before Cambiasso intervenes
3' Corner for Neftchi: Sadygov's shot is deflected as Handanovic and Ramos clash
2' Neftchi have taken to the pitch with renewed spirit and spend the first few minutes in Inter's half. Bertucci has a shot at goal that Handanovic is forced to tip over
1' The second half of Neftchi v Inter has started
1' Neftchi made a change during the break: Nurahmadov is replaced by Seyidov
Average rating 7.07
7 shots on target 7
6 shots off target 3
12 fouls committed 19
9 corners 5
2 offsides 1
ball possession
First head-to-head between Neftchi and Inter

Neftchi PFK Baku and Inter have never met in official tournaments before. Neftchi are facing an Italian team for the first time.

Inter's maiden voyage into Azerbaijan

This is the Nerazzurri's first trip to Azerbaijan for a competitive match, and their first ever competitive game against an Azerbaijani side.

Inter's 450-minute shutout on the road

Inter haven't conceded a single away goal this season. The last time the Nerazzurri let one in away from the Meazza was on 13 May, when they lost 3-1 to Lazio on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign, Mauri netting the third in the 90th minute. Since then, Inter have notched up five unblemished away wins on the trot: 0-3 and 0-2 against Hajduk Split and Vaslui respectively in the Europa League, plus Serie A victories over Pescara (0-3), Torino (0-2) and ChievoVerona (0-2). A clean sheet lasting 450 minutes in total.

Neftchi unbeaten at home in European ties this century

Neftchi were last beaten on home territory in a European fixture on 12 August 1999, when Red Star Belgrade left the Toriq Bahramov Stadium with a 2-3 win. Since the turn of the century the Azerbaijani have gone 14 games undefeated in Baku (10 of which without conceding): 9 wins and 5 draws.

Dutchman Blom to officiate: first time with both sides

Bernie Raymond Blom, born in Gouda (Netherlands) on 21 February 1974, has been an international referee since 2005. He is officiating his fourth European match of the season and has never met Inter or Neftchi in competitive fixtures before.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

BAKU – Now Andrea Stramaccioni's Inter really can think about the derby. They left the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium after a crushing display of superiority with a 3-1 victory over Neftchi in Matchday 2 of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League.

The first half was all Inter and Guarin, looking more like a winger tonight, was at the heart of the first two goals. Ten minutes were on the clock when the Colombian drifted in from the right and played a neat pass for Coutinho, who turned the ball past Stamenkovic with a crafty backheeled flick. Guarin then provided more of the same for Obi to score with an easy finish on the half-hour mark. Inter's third came in the 42nd minute with a bit of help from Bertucci, the defender wrongfooting his own keeper with a deflected intervention that enabled Livaja to nod home. Canales pulled one back shortly after the restart but the hosts didn't have enough to trouble the Nerazzurri further.

Inter scored their 500th and 501st goals in European competitions this evening and the win takes them to the top of Group H alongside Rubin Kazan on four points. The next Europa League appointment is in three weeks' time when Partizan Belgrade visit the Meazza.

Neftchi 1-3 Inter (HT: 0-3)
Scorers: Coutinho 10, Obi 30, Livaja 42, Canales 53.

Neftchi PFK: 30 Stamenkovic; 22 Shukurov, 32 Yunuszade, 5 Mitreski, 16 Bertucci; 15 Ramos, 6 Sadygov; 10 Wobay, 9 Valencio; 21 Nurahmadov (Seyidov 46), 11 Canales.
Unused subs: 12 Balayev, 3 Yunisoglu, 4 Guliyev, 8 Abdullayev Elshan, 17 Abdullayev Araz, 28 Medhiyev.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 6 Silvestre, 19 Cambiasso, 40 Juan Jesus; 42 Jonathan, 14 Guarin (Gargano 82), 16 Mudingayi, 20 Obi (Ranocchia 64), 31 Pereira; 7 Coutinho (Garritano 75); 88 Livaja.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 24 Benassi, 44 Bianchetti, 55 Nagatomo.

Referee: Kevin Blom (NED).
Booked: Obi 24, Ranocchia 73, Pereira 84, Jonathan 88.
Added time: 1 + 4 minutes.

starting lineups

Stamenkovic 1 Handanovic
Shukurov 6 Silvestre
Yunuszade 19 Cambiasso
Mitreski 40 Jesus
Bertucci 42 Jonathan
Ramos 14 Guarin
Sadygov 16 Mudingayi
Wobay 20 Obi
Flavinho 31 Pereira
Nurahmadov 7 Coutinho
Canales 88 Livaja


Balayev 12 Castellazzi
Yunisoglu 21 Gargano
Guliyev 23 Ranocchia
Abdullayev Elshan 24 Benassi
Abdullayev Araz 44 Bianchetti
Seyidov 55 Nagatomo
Medhiyev 61 Garritano
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